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A personal touch for emergency care at Oak Valley Hospital

By MELINDA OWEN

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POSTED July 24, 2012 6:19 p.m.

Dr. Rei Young, D.O., is the Medical Director of the Oak Valley Hospital Emergency Department. He is affiliated with Valley Emergency Physicians Medical Group which provides emergency medical services to more than 35 hospitals throughout California and several other states.

Dr. Young is a Doctor of Osteopathy Medicine - D.O. Like M.D.’s, Osteopathic physicians receive the same clinical science training and licensing exams. They diagnose illness and injury, prescribe and administer treatment, perform surgeries, and advise patients about how to prevent and manage disease.

In addition to using all the tools and technology available to modern medicine, D.O.’s have a strong holistic philosophy and train to practice osteopathic medicine – the distinctive system of hands-on diagnosis and treatment focusing on the bones and muscles in the body. Dr. Young uses his calm, hands-on approach to meet the daily challenges of treating fractures, lacerations, sprains, and many of the complaints of illness that present themselves in the Oak Valley Emergency Care Unit.

In March of 2012, Dr. Young became the Medical Director of the Emergency Department, succeeding Dr. Boggs. In this position, Dr. Young oversees eight physicians, plus physician assistants, who staff the department 24 hours a day in twelve-hour rotating shifts. All of the physicians are Board Certified in Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, or Internal Medicine.

Dr. Young, along with OVHD Emergency Department Manager, Vivian Thompson, are vigilant in their efforts to make sure that the ER Department staff make a great first impression on the patients they serve.

“The Emergency Care Unit is the face of Oak Valley Hospital,” said Dr. Young. “Many of the patients at OVHD are admitted through our department. We’re a family here, and we offer, excellent, friendly, neighborly care.” Dr. Young expressed the hospital “does not belong to those who work here, it belongs to the community, and it is incumbent upon those of us who are here to present ourselves in the best manner possible. “We want to serve our patients well, so they will return to us for future services.”

Dr. Young and his wife, Lisa, who is a nurse, have two children. When looking to establish a home for their family, they fell in love with the “Oakdale scene” and now reside locally on a small rural property.

Dr. Rei Young looks forward to the completion of the new Oak Valley Hospital and Emergency Room. It will be a wonderful advanced design facility to treat our patients and it will still be your neighborly, community hospital. “We are a family. We are neighbors treating neighbors.”

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